Mommy shaming: "You're a terrible mother if you ______________."
NOT mommy shaming: Sharing the benefits of breastfeeding.
As a low supply mom I can be sensitive to talk about exclusive breastfeeding. However, instead of getting mad and lashing out at moms that are able to provide 100% of their baby's nutritional needs, I'm happy that while education and support for breastfeeding are greatly lacking in our society, some women are still able to reach their breastfeeding goals.
Infant formula is created to mimic breast milk, not the other way around. That's why you see notes like this on the back of infant formula:
Did you know the World Health Organization (WHO) has guidelines by which breast milk substitutes should be marketed?
The WHO recognizes that a need for breast milk substitutes does exist, but requires that education and support for mothers that desire to breastfeed is a priority.
Formula was never my first choice, but I gave it to my baby when I needed to because his well-being was infinitely more important than my pride.
Realizing that some women just aren't capable of breastfeeding does not invalidate the many benefits of breast milk. This is why, even though I could not exclusively breast feed my son, as much as I desired to do so, I am a breastfeeding advocate.
Every family's needs are different and thus every family's journey will look different from another's. World Breastfeeding Week is an opportunity to talk about breastfeeding. To encourage breastfeeding. To offer breastfeeding support to moms that are struggling.
Breastfeeding isn't easy, but it is so worth it!
* If you desire to breastfeed your baby but are encountering challenges, please don't hesitate to reach out to someone close to you. If you do not have the support you need to achieve your breastfeeding goals, send me a message and I will do my best to help you or point you to appropriate resources.